Cy Young Odds: Public Slightly Favoring Buehler, Cease

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM May 21, 2022, 2:43 PM

Plenty of pitchers are proving they belong in the Cy Young race.

Here’s an updated look at Cy Young odds for the AL and NL, along with public betting splits:

AL Cy Young Betting

Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees, Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Guardians, and Robbie Ray of the Seattle Mariners boasted the highest opening odds to start the year. Cole owned odds of +400, followed by Bieber at +700, and Ray at +1000.

There’s been some line movement in regard to the top-three in the current odds, with Justin Verlander owning the new highest odds at +500, Kevin Gausman having the second-highest at +650, followed by Dylan Cease at +700.

Verlander has posted great numbers to begin the season after missing all of last year with an injury, as the righty has a 5-1 record with an ERA of 1.38 through seven starts. Looking at the action, Cease has a slight lead in tickets where he boasts 12.2%, with Verlander and Ohtani slightly behind him at 10.4%. Alek Manoah of the Blue Jays has the fourth-highest ticket percentage at 8.2%, with Cole sitting in fifth at 7.3%.

In terms of the handle, Manoah has the highest percentage at 10.7% and Cease is just behind him at 10%. Closing out the top-three in handle is Ohtani at 9.8%.

Logan Gilbert of the Seattle Mariners went through some mid-May struggles, but boasts nice value at +2000 and has 2.7% of tickets and 2.6% of the handle.

Here are updated Cy Young odds at BetMGM:

Player Team Opening Odds Current Odds
Justin Verlander Houston Astros +2000 +500
Kevin Gausman Toronto Blue Jays +2000 +650
Dylan Cease Chicago White Sox +1600 +700
Gerrit Cole New York Yankees +400 +750
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels +2500 +1000
Shane McClanahan Tampa Bay Rays +2000 +1000

NL Cy Young Betting

Jacob deGrom opened the year with the highest odds to win the award for the New York Mets at +350 but has yet to make a start this year and currently boasts odds of +5000.

Behind deGrom were Max Scherzer, his teammate at +700, and Corbin Burnes, the reigning winner of the award at +800.

Some new names have entered the equation in the top-five current odds, with Carlos Rodon of the San Francisco Giants and Pablo Lopez of the Miami Marlins joining the ranks.

Burnes and Scherzer are currently tied with the best odds to win the award at +475, followed by Rodon at +700, Lopez at +1200, and Walker Buehler at +1600. The most recent NL Cy Young winner hasn’t gotten a lot of run support to start the year, where he’s posted a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 1.77.

In regard to the public, there’s only one player with a ticket percentage above ten and that’s Buehler at 11.9%. The Dodgers star is followed by Scherzer at 9%, deGrom at 6.9%, Logan Webb at 6.8%, and Rodon at 5.1%. Those five arms are the only players with ticket percentages over five.

The handle has a similar story, with four players over ten percent which include deGrom leading the charge at 11.6%, Scherzer at 11%, Rodon at 10.4%, and Buehler at 10.3%.

The value might be with Zack Wheeler, who has tremendous stuff for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Wheeler opened the year at +1200 and currently sits at +3000 after struggling to begin the season. If there’s someone who has the talent to put together a solid four-month stretch, it’s him. The right-hander owns 3.8% of tickets and 1.8% of the handle.

Here are updated NL Cy Young odds at BetMGM:

Player Team Opening Odds Current Odds
Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers +800 +475
Max Scherzer New York Mets +700 +475
Carlos Rodon San Francisco Giants Off the board +700
Pablo Lopez Miami Marlins +4000 +1200
Walker Buehler Los Angeles Dodgers +1000 +1600

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